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People are what live shows are all about. Without them there wouldn’t be much point. Apart from the audience, there can be any number of people responsible for putting the show together. The artists will be the primary focus and may even control the whole of their show (a solo vocalist may have their own sound and lighting system operated from the stage), but most shows will rely on other people to control many aspects for the artists. The size of the show will often dictate the number of crew required. Depending on the venue, theymay be crewwho work at the venue, visiting crew, or a combination of both. If they are from the venue they will often be called ‘staff’, but I’ll use the term ‘crew’ for all as there is often common ground and most crew could be from either stable. As an example one bandmay have no crew of their own and use all venue crew whereas another band may bring some or all of their own crew. Large showswill require the same crew as small shows
plus additional people to perform other jobs and often managers to supervise the extra people and logistics required. A small touring show may have just a single sound engineer as crew, but a festival may have many visiting engineers employed by visiting acts as well as one or more engineers who look after the system and mix the sound for acts that don’t have their own engineer. The festival will also have lots of other crew and supervisory staff. We’ll take a look at some of the more common crew
members, their place in the overall scheme of things, and what their responsibilities are. This will mean touching on
many subjects that you may not know too much about, but we have to start somewhere. You can always come back here or consult the Glossary.